Canadian 'Bachelor' Broadcaster Talks Catfights Ahead of Premiere

7:21 AM PST 09/12/2012 by Etan Vlessing
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A scene from the most recent U.S. edition of "The Bachelor."

Homegrown TV for polite Canadians is going off-script and promising tears, betrayals and meltdowns as "The Bachelor" moves towards an Oct. 3 launch on Citytv.

TORONTO – Seems even Canadians love a reality TV catfight.

As Citytv unveiled another five potential suitors for Brad Smith on The Bachelor Canada, the broadcaster also surveyed Canadian women and found 76 percent disagreed they are too polite to duke it out on reality TV.

So the first villain to explode and lash out on the inaugural season of The Bachelor Canada could be Stephanie, the world-travelling model/neuroscientist, Tina, the trial lawyer, or Michelle B., the former pro football cheerleader-turned-yoga instructor.

The Canadian version of the international Bachelor franchise, from indie producer Force Four Entertainment, will air over nine drama-charged episodes on Citytv and OMNI Television.

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The all-Canadian cast of bachelorettes gunning for the final rose ceremony is already stirring debate here about whether people can find real love on reality TV shows.

Citytv’s online survey of 1,192 Canadian women found 69 percent of them thought reality TV shows could not strike up true love.

But that isn’t stopping the broadcaster from hoping The Bachelor Canada gets sticky with audiences.

In all, 61 percent of survey respondents said they would turn on the sex appeal and get ready for action to secure the man of their dreams if another woman came on the scene.

Another 29 percent of respondents said they’d shed 10 pounds and buy a new wardrobe for the chance to win everlasting love.

Brad Smith’s speed dating on The Bachelor Canada gets started on Oct. 3.

ABC's The Bachelor series is now in its 16th season on Citytv.

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